The matchup to watch in today’s football game between Cal Poly and Montana will be the Mustangs’ injury riddled offensive line and the Grizzlies’ experienced defensive front.
Cal Poly junior offensive tackle Weston Walker said Montana’s defensive line is the best unit on the team, and that unit is led by Buck Buchanan watch-list honoree Zack Wagenmann.
The senior defensive end has nine sacks this season, which leads the Big Sky Conference, and at 1.3 sacks per game, the senior ranks third in the FCS.
“He’s a strong kid,” said Walker, who blocked Wagenmann for the entirety of last year’s 21-14 loss and helped limit Wagenmann to four tackles, “but he’s got a motor. The kid never lets up. He has great hands. Obviously, I’m going to have to battle him all game. I think I’m ready."
Normally, the Mustangs’ triple-option offense is able to negate the effectiveness of premier pass rushers because it forces defenders to try to analyze on the fly, and, quite frankly, Cal Poly does not drop back to pass very often.
The Mustangs have still been able to move the ball and score despite injuries to guards Ross Berry, Derek Sabo and Matt Fisher, all projected starters.
But Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh called Wagenmann and Co. the biggest challenge they’ve faced all season.